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Carlos Bustamante



Carlos Bustamante

Carlos Bustamante
Born1951
Lima, Peru
ResidenceU.S.
NationalityU.S.
FieldBiophysics
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Alma materCayetano Heredia University, University of California, Berkeley
Academic advisor  Ignacio Tinoco, Jr.
Known forBiophysics of DNA and protein

Carlos José Bustamante (born 1951 in Lima, Peru) is an American scientist. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Biography

Bustamante is professor of molecular and cell biology, physics, and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he has held since 1998. He received his B.S. degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, his masters in biochemistry from San Marcos University, and his Ph.D. degree in biophysics from UC Berkeley, where he studied with Ignacio Tinoco, Jr. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bustamante studied with Marc Maestre. Before moving to Berkeley, he was an HHMI investigator at the University of Oregon.

Research focus

Carlos Bustamante uses novel methods of single-molecule visualization, such as scanning force microscopy, to study the structure and function of nucleoprotein assemblies. His laboratory is developing methods of single-molecule manipulation, such as optical tweezers, to characterize the elasticity of DNA, to induce the mechanical unfolding of individual protein molecules, and to investigate the machine-like behavior of molecular motors.

Positions

  • Research Assistant, UC Berkeley (1976-1981)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, UC Berkeley (1981-1982)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico (1982-1986)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico (1986-1989)
  • Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of New Mexico (1989-1990)
  • Professor of Chemistry and Member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon (1991-1998)
  • Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, UC Berkeley (1998-present)

Fellowships and Awards

  • Kellogg Foundation scholarship during the Master in Biochemistry (1973-1975)
  • Fullbright Commission and Institute of International Education Fellow (1975-1976)
  • Abraham Rosenberg scholarship, UC Berkeley (1975-1976)
  • Searle Scholar (1984)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1985)
  • Presidential Lecturer in Chemistry, University of New Mexico (1986)
  • State of New Mexico Eminent Scholar (1989)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (1994-1998, 2000)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1995)
  • Member of the Science Advisory Board of the Searle Scholars Program (1997-2000)


Persondata
NAME Bustamante, Carlos
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American biophysicist
DATE OF BIRTH 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH Lima, Peru
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
 
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